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Re: (1) increases for vacant apts, (2) Koeppel

Posted by Fred on February 26, 2000 at 23:54:16:

In Reply to: (1) increases for vacant apartments, (2) William Koeppel posted by claire on February 25, 2000 at 23:39:04:

: I'm writing for our Tenants Assn. Our building recently left Mitchell-Lama & is now rent stabilized. Owner has been harassing low-rent tenants, offering buyouts, etc, to get vacant apartments and we KNOW he's engaging in all sorts of illegal maneuvers to get the highest possible rents from new tenants. (1) What are the guidelines governing how much a landlord can raise rent over base rent in a "renovated" apartment? (2) does anyone out there have any potentially useful info to share about this unspeakably evil, unscruplous jerk Koeppel? Thanks!

1) 1/40th of cost of renovation per month. for reasons unknown, DHCR lets them include orinary repairs, painting, etc. AND: when 'renovations' (translation: all the repairs they refused to do when the rent stab tenant lived there) are done during a vacancy, they don't have to ask DHCR before they increase the rent. DHCR only gets involved if the NEW tenant files an overcharge complaint.
SO: what sweeties like your landlord do is simply charge $2001.00, rent only to wealthy, preferably foreign, kids new to NYC, and tell the new tenant that she is not stabilized (WRONG: first >$2000 tenant is stabilized, it is the 2nd that gets deregulated Section 26-504.2 in RRRA97, on, in the NY Tenant Info, Rent Laws: page)

while you're there: there's a whole section on DHCR with exact dupes of their Fact Sheets, take a look.

2) your landlord is an SOB:

suggest you research his history at Housing Court, Civil Court and Supreme Court. these are public records. potential roadblock: these computers won't have his name cross-referenced, so if he uses a different corp name for each building...

also try the searches on the local papers: Times, Post, Daily News, Voice, all online.

and don't forget the internet search engines, Yahoo etc: surprising how much info is available on people in the news.

3) OK, so there's no 3. another suggestion: call DHCR, request a Rent History. get everybody in the building to do it, especially the new tenants.

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